The boom in liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure around the country and what it means for safety and emergency planning are the topics of “Full Tank,” the cover story in the new March/April 2016 issue of NFPA Journal. The issue is available in print, online, and through NFPA Journal mobile apps.
The cover story, written by NFPA Journal staff writer Jesse Roman, looks at the factors that have contributed to the United States’ emergence as a net exporter of natural gas. A new concentration on the infrastructure and processes necessary to handle these growing supplies of gas—natural gas is converted to liquid form for most transport and storage purposes—have prompted a re-examination of the codes and standards, including NFPA 59A, Production, Storage, and Handling of Liquefied Natural Gas, designed to maintain natural gas safety.
Other March/April features include a new look at sprinkler systems for in-rack storage and their possible ramifications for NFPA 13, Installation of Sprinkler Systems. Another feature looks at membrane enclosures—temporary structures used for painting and refinishing processes inside buildings—and changes to NFPA 33, Spray Application Using Flammable or Combustible Materials.
The issue’s departments include a “Perspectives” interview with a South African wildfire organization on how it has incorporated elements of NFPA’s Firewise program, and a “First Word” commentary by Jim Pauley, NFPA’s president, on the importance of preserving copyright protection for NFPA’s codes and standards.
Two of the issue’s columns look at fire safety issues related to the recent Paris climate change conference: “Washington, D.C.” looks at how the conference may signal a new role for standards developers, while “Wildfire Watch” connects climate change to structural fire risks in the wildland/urban interface.
Be sure to check out the NFPA Journal podcast on South Africa’s wildfire problem at nfpa.org/podcast.